Report Card: Rams @ Cardinals
Anquan Boldin (Getty)
Anquan Boldin (Getty)

Posted Dec 29, 2009


The Arizona Cardinals made a name for themselves with their high-flying passing attack. And the stars came out to shine at University of Phoenix Stadium last Sunday. Will the grades reflect their performance?

PASSING OFFENSE: B -- Kurt Warner passed for 313 yards and two touchdowns, but he was sacked twice and lost a fumble. The protection has to improve.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C -- The Cardinals gained 110 yards but averaged just 3.4 yards a carry. The run blocking was not up to the standards set the previous few weeks.

PASS DEFENSE: A -- The Cardinals intercepted three passes and sacked QB Keith Null three times. The degree of difficulty wasn't great, but the Cardinals played well.

RUSH DEFENSE: B -- The Rams were without Steven Jackson, so the Cardinals didn't have to do much. The Rams gained 88 yards on 21 carries.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- K Mike Nugent and P Ben Graham had solid days, but the Rams had a punt return of 34 yards, and Nugent's kickoffs were short.

COACHING: A -- Coach Ken Whisenhunt made a risky decision giving his team an extra day off last week, but the Cardinals responded with a solid effort. The team didn't do too many fancy things because there was no need for frills against the Rams.



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